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    Las Vegas and Environs

    I'm planing at being at a judo tournament in Las Vegas in early June. I've never been there before. Does anyone have any suggestions for LF friendly photo opportunities in the general area?
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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    Sure, Peter. Red Rock Canyon is about 35 miles or so west of the city. There is a loop road through it (no special vehicle required) with many turnoffs. Many excellent hikes are available into the various canyons. As I recall the rangers hand you a brochure when you come in describing them. The only disadvantage is that (the last time I was there at least) it doesn't open until 8:30 AM. Apparently BLM employees don't like to get up early.

    You'll want to carry plenty of water if you're going there in June, but it should be beautiful.

    Also, a bit more of a drive is Valley of Fire State Park near Overton. It is much larger than RRC and I explored less of it, but no doubt there are many opportunities there as well. The entrance was unmanned when I went there so you may be able to start earlier if that is your preference. There is an honor system entrance fee but it is minimal.
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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    Thanks, Joe.
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    There are lots of interesting locations. The two mentioned aren't far and are accessible by paved roads. Valley of Fire, just like Redrocks is named for the color of the sandstone. But in June, both will be on fire and feel burning red. Afternoon temps in excess of 115F are entirely possible. North of Vegas there is a paved road up to the winter ski area. I believe these are called the Spring Mtns, maybe only 20 mi or so, and will get you high enough for some relief from the heat. But the topography is a little different up there.

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    I second Drew's recommendation for the Spring Mountains north of Las Vegas. During June some years ago, my wife and I were in Las Vegas for a Vietnam veterans' reunion. Being residents of the Pacific Northwest, we quickly tired of the heat and the sound of air conditioning. We rented a car and drove up to the ski area. Lots of trees and rugged terrain, but there were some nice views if you looked carefully. We were not equipped for hiking, so we two old-timers assured the rangers that we were not going to get ourselves in trouble requiring a rescue party.

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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    Peter, the coolest spot you'll find (besides casinos) around Vegas is near Mt Charleston....roughly 50 miles away....while the heat rages below. You may opt for a swim on the o'l Boulder Bch....if it still exists ? The water in L. Mead did go down something like 60 feet. I do recall (this is true), being stationed at Nellis, I had to drive to downtown after bfast. Anyway, on the way back I sort of slid my r. hand down the seat....and my fingers simply went through an apple (baked), that I left on the seat. Sure, the black seats didn't help, but perhaps it will illustrate (it blew me away) the heat that you could easily encounter.

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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    You'll be in striking distance of the Virgin River canyon, about an hour or so N on I-15 across the border in AZ
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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    I would love to visit Vegas too, never actually been there. Added it to my bucket list - enjoy a ride to Valley of Fire National Park, to see Las Vegas Motor Speedway and to try Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
    And then I plan to share my architecture essay here

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    Well, if you want to document tacky disposable faux architecture on a grand scale, Vegas is sure the place to do it. I supplied quite a bit of specialty equipment to the substantial model-maker trade based there ("model" implying imitation either smaller or bigger in scale). Where else can you see stunning Venician marble columns clear to ceilings entirely brocaded with vast murals - all either wallpaper or paint less than a mm thick? Numerous 35mm photographers like to take stealth shots of neurotic one-armed bandit addicts, etc, if you can tolerate all the casino cigarette smoke. If you ask around, you can get really good meals remarkably cheap. Outdoors, the city can be miserably smoggy as well as hot. Wonderful scenic areas in the vicinity have already been mentioned. Even Zion NP is an easy drive, though it would be best to stay in that area a bit rather than attempt a day trip.

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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    Heading north through the labyrinth of Hoover Dam at night, with its art deco towers lit, majestic...then as you come up out of this you'll see Vegas in the distance...glittering like a jewel in the clear desert air. Breathtaking...until you begin to notice, as the road straightens to a perfect edge - that your speed inexplicably approaches - surpasses - 100mph...and that you are suddenly surrounded by other cars traveling with you...passing you...irrepressibly drawn...faster, faster - into the vortex that is Vegas. Sin City. That glitter in the distance? Definitely not gold!

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